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Port Hills Fire Update

Port Hills Fire Public Update – Thursday 23 February Public Update – 1pm Fire operations Fire services advise that 90% of the fire perimeter area is now considered to be controlled. Controlled is defined as bare earth or blacked out ground for at least 10 metres. About 100 people are working in the fire area…

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Kaiwhakahaere election process

At its hui on the 18th of February 2017, at Te Koawa Tūroa o Tākitimu, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu resolved to pause the election process for the Kaiwhakahaere. The decision to pause this process was not taken lightly, but it was considered appropriate to allow time for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu to carry out a review of the Kaiwhakahaere role.

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A place to remember

The sixth anniversary of the February 22 earthquake on Wednesday is a significant moment for Cantabrians and for all those affected by the tragic events of that day in 2011. The unveiling of Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial at the National Dedication and Civic Memorial Service, will give people a dedicated venue to remember…

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Port Hills Fire update

Christchurch Civil Defence Update Sunday 19 February 2017  Media update#31  Managed access to Hoon Hay Valley Road and Kennedys Bush Road.  Around 120 residents are currently at their  Kennedys Bush properties after being granted access at the cordon this morning. The cordon opened at 9am. Residents are also going through the Hoon Hay Valley Road…

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Update on Ōtautahi fires

Kia ora anō tātou, Today we have been blessed with cooler conditions and rain began to fall consistently after midday. Planning is underway to reduce the cordoned areas around the perimeter of the fire, and this afternoon the first cordon was lifted in Cashmere allowing people to return to their homes – positive news for…

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Port Hills fires

The office of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is working across a number of fronts to support our whānau and staff affected by the fires which continue to burn on the Port Hills above Ōtautahi.

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Assistance for those affected by fires

Update: 7:40am, 16 February
Nga Hau e Wha Marae in Pages Rd is now open and available if you need a bed or assistance.
Remember – anyone affected by the fires in Ōtautahi are urged to seek assistance.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu are able to offer help to those in need, please phone – 021 248 2242.

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Rangatahi learn to code

In late January over 40 Ngāi Tahu rangatahi took part in a coding wānanga run by the Ngāi Tūāhuriri Education Committee, Ngāi Tahu Funds, Tribal Economies,  the University of Canterbury and the University of Delaware. Ngāi Tahu rangatahi and computer science students from the University of Delaware took part in a powhiri and workshop at…

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Crusaders squad visit Rehua Marae

Over 60 of the Crusaders 2017 squad, including coaching and management staff, attended a brief informal hui at Te Whatu Manawa o Rehua Marae. Joe Moody (Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri) spoke on behalf of the manuhiri at the pōwhiri, thanking those in attendance from Rehua Marae, and connecting back with his Ngāi Tahu whakapapa. Kaumātua, Ruawhitu…

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Celebrating Waitangi Day at Ōtākou Marae

Hundreds of people gathered at Ōtākou marae for the Ngāi Tahu Treaty of Waitangi Festival. Edward Ellison, kaumātua of Ōtākou rūnanga said he was genuinely amazed at the turnout, noting a lot of families came along to enjoy the laid-back festival atmosphere. “This seems to get bigger every year, we see it as a great…

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